Tag Archive: Transhumanism

Feb 18 2017

Shutting the Door on the Future

The concept of a Technological Singularity is becoming current again, with various pundits and techno-billionaires warning us of the potential consequences. Science Fiction writers, in particular, have quite a hard time with the whole thing. Charles Stross and Jo Walton both famously referred to the Singularity as “the turd in the punchbowl of Science Fiction.” …

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Sep 21 2013

The Consequences of The Simulation Hypothesis

The Wikipedia article for the Simulation Hypothesis is crisp and to the point: The simulation hypothesis (simulation argument or simulism) proposes that reality is a simulation and those affected are generally unaware of this. The concept is reminiscent of René Descartes‘ Evil Genius but posits a more futuristic simulated reality. Later, the article describes a number of types of reality simulation, focusing on the mechanics – things like …

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Jul 27 2008

Distracted, or just too busy to pay attention to you?

A while back I wrote a short essay about Using your Google Brain where I described mainstream media scare stories about the Internet which reminded me of: . . . similar articles from the 1970’s describing how kids were starting to use calculators in school, all of which invariably ended in dire predictions of impending …

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Aug 27 2007

I am not a Singulatarian

There are plenty of Singularity doubters out there. Some think we won’t last long enough. Others simply figure the robots aint gonna take over, period. The common thread among all the deniers appears to be a misunderstanding of what a Technological Singularity really means. For what it’s worth, you often find the same problem on …

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Aug 07 2007

Whither Fermi?

There has been a lot of talk about the Fermi Paradox lately, partially sparked by George P. Dvorsky’s recent essay ‘The Fermi Paradox: Advanced civilizations do not…‘ Today Centauri Dreams follows up with a very interesting post on what we should be looking for. I highly recommend reading both essays, but I should point out …

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Jul 31 2007

Longevity pill in the works?

Remember Resveratrol? (Resveratrol might explain the health effects of red wine.) Well, human tests have begun on a drug with chemical similarities to Resveratrol that has shown lifespan increases and diabetes relief in animal tests. Only, get this, it worked best on overweight mice!

Jul 01 2007

“The Darwinian interlude is over”

Freeman Dyson on Our Biotech Future: Now, after three billion years, the Darwinian interlude is over. It was an interlude between two periods of horizontal gene transfer. The epoch of Darwinian evolution based on competition between species ended about ten thousand years ago, when a single species, Homo sapiens, began to dominate and reorganize the …

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May 31 2007

Infeasible isn’t

Yet another narrow-cast blog, but there is a twist to this one: Infeasible is a blog dedicated to proving Transhumanism is a crock of shit. Why bother? The author says he wants to make the world a better place: However, thanks to the internet, I can really make a positive impact on the world by …

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May 05 2007

Cory Doctorow and Vernor Vinge on NPR

This isn’t new, but you might want to keep a link to it anyway… Back in July of 2006 they aired this NPR segment on the Singularity, featuring Cory Doctorow and Vernor Vinge. (Listen here.) It makes a nice introduction for the Singularity noobs, but not much new for the proto-posthumans among us.

Jul 30 2006

Is this the decade for AI?

After two generations of being ‘on the horizon’, Artificial Intelligence actually looks within our grasp sometime soon. Or, if not true AI, then at least Artificial Stupidity: computers as smart as insects or fish. Consider; actual quantum computing devices will reach the market soon and we already have robots driving across the desert and assembling …

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